- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria is looking for help as it prepares to clean up its city streets.

Councilman Roosevelt Johnson is one of the organizers of the annual Community Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday. He’s urging the public to take part in that one as well as a second cleanup scheduled June 18.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1O6gxyW) one of the main themes of the cleanup effort is “Take pride in our community.”

Johnson says they’re looking for folk to come out and be part of something great for the community. He says the cleanup also sends a positive message to those visiting the city, reminds people not to litter and improves the quality of life for all residents.

For Saturday’s event, volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2308 Houston St.

Johnson said area residents who are unable to take part in the cleanup are urged to spruce up their own neighborhoods.

“What your community looks like is indicative of who you are,” said John Kilbourne, another organizer of the event.

Johnson said having a clean city can leave a more positive image for visitors, thereby encouraging return visits and consideration of holding events here.

He noted the Louisiana Municipal Association will hold its annual convention in Alexandria July 28-31, and he wants those visitors and others to see a clean city.

Companies and agencies sponsoring Saturday’s cleanup are also providing volunteer manpower. The local Coca-Cola United in Alexandria is expected to have about 100 employees volunteer to join the cleanup effort.

Although Johnson emphasized the importance of cleanups, he would prefer people didn’t litter in the first place.

“I see a lot of walking traffic where people are walking and dropping litter, and there are people who throw trash out the windows of their cars, and that is something we don’t want people to do,” Johnson said.

For more information call Johnson at 318-613-0279, Kilbourne at 318-443-9638 or the Rev. Stanley Mathis at 318-664-0457.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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